Common Poker Terms

In poker, there is practically a library of poker terms that are commonly used. For the uninitiated, these terms can sound like a completely different language but can help accelerate your progress when learning how to play poker. When a poker player says, “I flopped a belly buster on a rainbow board”, when they are really saying that they have an inside straight draw, after the dealer dealt the first three cards, all of which happen to be a different suit.

Watching enough televised poker, like on the World Poker Tour, you can start getting a feel for the poker terms that are most commonly used, but sometimes you’ll run into a term that makes you go “Huh?”. As with most industries or games though, these colorful terms are part of what makes a game inclusive and special to it’s players. Poker is no different at all and being able to shoot the breeze with poker lingo can be a pretty fun thing to do when you are familiar with it.

If the list below isn’t comprehensive enough, our friends over at partypoker have put together a poker slang and lingo guide that puts ours to shame. They have around 1000 poker terms in their dictionary and it’s growing all the time. In addition to the basic introductory terms, they have some really obscure societal references and also a bunch of online poker forum jokes. Check it out if you get a chance.

So, to help out the novice poker players, here is a list of poker terms you are likely to hear while at the felt:

A

B

C

D

E

F

G

H

I

J

K

L

M

N

O

P

Q

R

S

T

U

V

W

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Jordan Conroy, a respected name in the online poker arena, has cultivated his authority through years of dedicated play and content creation. Since 2020, he has earned a stellar reputation for his in-depth analysis of poker theory and his ability to keep a finger on the pulse of the latest developments in the poker world. Jordan's dedication to staying at the forefront of poker knowledge allows him to consistently deliver top-quality content that resonates with both novice players and seasoned professionals. Beyond his poker expertise, he brings a diverse perspective, closely following other competitive domains like soccer, snooker, and Formula 1, enriching his insights and providing a comprehensive understanding of the gaming landscape.
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